read a poll. congressman -- >> i can read an election, too. >> explain why you believe your way is the best way for republicans to get a better deal long term? >> first of all, we agree on where we want to go. i couldn't agree more with the speaker. raising tax rates is a terrible idea, bad for the economy, it will cost jobs, slow things down. frankly the president, if we're going to have a deal, has got to get finally more specific about spending cuts and entitlement reform. having said that, there is a point we agree. the president says he wants to make 80% of the bush tax cuts permanent for 98% of the american people and take them out of the discussion. i think we should do that. now, that advice was given in private, but you guys have a way of figuring out what was said in private. somebody leaked it out. >> you didn't intend for this to go public. >> no, no. but again, it is what i said. it's not an inaccurate report.